The big news for tonight’s game is that Welsh legend Alun Wyn Jones will equal the record of 148 international rugby caps currently held by New Zealand’s Richie McCaw. 139 of those would have been for representing Wales and 9 for representing the British Lions in the test match arena over three tours.
Tonight’s friendly sees both sides fielding strong squads and they will be keen to dust of the cobwebs with a smattering of emerging talent on the bench. Coach Wayne Pivac will be starting to feel a little pressure with three losses on the bounce and although Wales have beaten France eight out of the last ten times they have played, it was France who won the last match earlier in the year in Cardiff in a close encounter.
Wales & France Teams
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Davies, Nick Tompkins, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Rhys Carre, Ryan Elias, Samson Lee, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Aaron Wainwright, Taulupe Faletau, Justin Tipuric.
France: Anthony Bouthier; Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Vincent Rattez; Romain Ntamack, Antoine Dupont; Cyril Baille, Julien Marchand, Mohamed Haouas, Bernard Le Roux, Paul Willemse, Francois Cros, Charles Ollivon (capt), Gregory Alldritt
Replacements: Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Demba Bamba, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Baptiste Serin, Arthur Vincent, Thomas Ramos.
In-form Josh Adams
Re-assuring to see the likes of Jonathan Davies, Rhys Carre, Ryan Elias, Samson Lee, Aaron Wainwright and Taulupe Faletau all making returns. With back-three players Jonah Holmes and Liam Williams released back to their regions to get match-fit, it will be the tried and tested threesome of Leigh Half-Penny, George North and the in-form Josh Adams on the left wing who has scored nine tries in his last eight games for Wales.
Attention will also be on the bench as the exciting Louis Rees-Zammit looks sure to be introduced at some stage of the game and so too great prospect and hooker Sam Parry. This will be the 100th match between France and Wales since 1908. Wales have won 51 times, France 45 with three draws.
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